Here is the big wave I am working on at the moment. It is taking a bit of time to finish this painting. I work on it in the studio and outdoors just so I can enjoy the beautiful fall weather. This was I do not feel like I am stuck indoors in the studio! Photo : Marcus Gale
THE BIG WAVE
For several weeks I have been working working on a large painting of a crashing wave. This is the second in my series of large storm paintings. The images are burned into my memory from spending a lot of time painting coastal storms last winter and spring.
The inside of a wave has a lot of colors and depth. They remind me of clouds the form changes constantly as the water moves and the light hits different areas of the wave emerging into the light.
After I finished the first large storm painting last spring there were a bunch of others just waiting to jump out of my memory. I kept seeing all the other paintings in my minds eye. The immersion of the time spent in the storms had a lasting impact.
Some days I have to just look a lot. The closer I get to the end the more I have to look and the less strokes I need to paint. This was a day when I was moving hard and soft edges and warming and cooling colors to get them to sit in the right depth of the wave. Photo: Marcus Gale
The nor’easters I painted on location were a new painting experience for me. I’d painted in a number of storms before but nothing was quite like this new location. This location had unusual rock formations that created huge plumes of spray and water on impact. It was the first time I actually was worried I might get hit by waves I was painting!
I haven’t blogged as much lately as I’ve been buried in painting! I just finished the Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 Quick Draw yesterday where I received 3rd prize. Now I’m organizing my “car studio” and packing for Paint Essex, another plein air event in Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 on Sat and Sunday. This fall has been fabulous for painting outdoors!
NEW ! THE STUDIO CLASS IS STARTING SOON
I HAVE ROOM FOR ONE MORE STUDENT IN THIS NEXT SESSION.
NEW STUDIO CLASS STARTING NOVEMBER 1ST
Class meets on Tuesdays 10am – 1pm. Focus this session will be design and painting large landscapes in the studio. Register for 6 week session here.
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